You Are the Best Player

SPECIAL MID WEEK EDITION As I stated in Sundays installment, I had too much to put in one email. TOURNAMENT WRAP Here is some more on the Nationals in Kelowna. Starting with some eye witness accounts by Victoria’s Heather Hood. Well Doug, the tournament was really something, especially having the opportunity to watch some of the best PB players in the USA play right on the court next to us. One of the highlights was sitting with the likes of … Continue reading

Painless Pickleball

MAKING TIME WITH JEAN Writing for me is like pickleball. I need to warm up before I play. I need to give myself some room, and I need to get into a comfortable zone in preparation for the game. The following is a continuation from last week, when I introduced my ‘genie’. I wanted the challenge of writing from the female ‘point of view’. I also liked the idea of creating a character that knows she is not real. The … Continue reading

A Touchy Subject

A TOUCHY SUBJECT The point of introducing a new character, a female, to the story line was to have a fourth person to play doubles with. It also gave my writer’s block a challenge…to narrate from the perspective of Jean (the Scottish genie). She will eventually, I hope, bring me a way to see clearly what it means to play a game in writing that connects to, and in a way, makes as much sense in life as hitting a … Continue reading

Riding in the Pickle Boat

RIDING IN THE PICKLE BOAT What makes our sport great is all the interesting people you meet. I love spending time, on and off the court, with ‘pickle pals’. It is a stimulating experience to play our game and make new friends. For me personally, I find it also stirs something in the literary realm of my mind, that causes me to make other attachments. To rephrase…it gives me the incentive to make some ‘imaginary’ friendships. For new readers, I … Continue reading

Pickleball Rap

PRACTISING YOUR HIP HOP MOVES Has this happened to you? You meet someone, you get to talking, you work ‘pickleball’ into the conversation. Your acquaintance gives you a blank stare. ” What’s that ”, they ask? You go into the explanation– ” It’s like table tennis, but on a bigger court”….” It’s like tennis, but on a smaller court”…….or, if you’re a weirdo like me… ” Pickleball…oh, it’s cut up gherkins, Philly cheese, mayo , and sliced almonds. I take … Continue reading